Rick Scott leaves HHS meeting empty-handed; 42% of Medicare FFS value-oriented;

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> A meeting between Florida Gov. Rick Scott and Health and Human Services Secretary Sylvia Mathews Burwell ended without a resolution regarding whether the Sunshine State will continue to receive supplementary payments for its hospitals without expanding Medicaid eligibility, Kaiser Health News has reported. Article

> A new report by Catalyst for Payment Reform has concluded that 42 percent of Medicare fee-for-service payments were value-oriented. Announcement

> Encountering serious illnesses--and running out of money to treat them--is among the major concerns of older Americans, according to Kaiser Health News. Article

Provider News

> In response to the new healthcare reality of a consumer-driven market, many hospital and systems undertake new initiatives, including partnering with competitors to increase access to services, helping patients transition from primary care practices to medical homes, providing new access points for urgent care and using technology to improve access to healthcare and the overall patient experience. Article

Healthcare IT News

> Since the launch in 2012 of President Barack Obama's White House Rural Council initiative, $1 billion has been invested across 13 states to help health systems with health IT goals, according to National Coordinator for Health IT Karen DeSalvo. Article

And finally...Doctoral student data dumps his own brain surgery. Article